On this you page you will see selection of flora photographs, all taken on the Box Moor Trust estate. If you would like to submit a please click here. All photos have been taken by members of the local community who take a keen interest in the bountiful biodiversity that is commonplace within the Box Moor Trust.
Conical Brittlestem - Lucy Flower
One of the UK's most common fungi the Cornical Brittlestem bears small fruits, which often grow in little clumps.
Enokitake - Alice Vesty
Hugely popular in South East Asian Cuisine, in Korean the name translates to paengi beoseot, meaning 'spinning top mushroom'.
Fly Agaric - Lucy Flower
The Fly Agaric is what many people think of the moment they hear the word 'Toadstool'. This Iconic Fungi is widespread, ranging from the Hindu Kush, to the Pacific Coast.
Golden Waxcap - Lucy Flower
Another form of Agaric (a gilled mushroom) was first described by noted mycologist Elias Magnus Fries in 1821.
Shaggy Inkcap - Lucy Flower
The Shaggy Inkcap varies greatly as it ages. When the fruit first sprouts it appears as a white cylinder and the gills are also white. As the fruit matures the gills turn pink, before turning black and secreting a viscous black pore-filled liquid.
Jelly Ear - Lucy Flower
Known by many names, Jelly Ear, is so called due to the fact that, when viewed from certain angles, it strongly resembles an ear. Whilst edible, it's has never found much favour in the west, however, it is popular in China.
Rosy Bonnet - Lucy Flower
The mycelium of the Rosy Bonnet is bio-luminescent meaning that it glows in the dark. However, as the mycelium, much like a root system of a tree, is underground, you are unlikely to notice.
A member of the coral fungi group and has a cosmopolitan distribution, meaning that it is found in a variety of different locations and biomes across the world.
Turkey Tail - Alice Vesty
Turkey Tail is a polypore, meaning that the pores are on the underside of the cap. Often seen on rotting tree stumps or logs, they can also grow on living trees.
Plants and Flowers
Bee Orchid - Lucy Flower
The Bee Orchid's reproduce via pseudocopulation. This means that the flowers resemble female Bee's to such an extent that Male Bee's are tricked into pollinating the flowers.
Bluebell - Lucy Flower
Associated with ancient woodlands, the Bluebell is a much photographed flower, often appearing in vast numbers in so called 'Bluebell Woods'.
Bugle - Lucy Flower
Also known as Carpenters Herb due to the claim that it (supposedly) stops bleeding, it has also been used a flavouring for tea.
Cuckoo Flower - Lucy Flower
Named after the fact that the flowers bloom at roughly the same time as the arrival of the Cuckoo each spring, the Cuckoo Flower was, according to Folklore sacred to Faeries and bringing it indoors was thought to bring bad luck. For this reason, it is often omitted from May Day garlands.
Germander Speedwell - Lucy Flower
In German this flower has the ironic name "Männertreu" meaning "Men's Faithfulness" this is a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that the plant will wilt very quickly once picked.
Glory of the Snow - Lucy Flower
Glory of the Snow is native to Turkey, and are one of the first blooming spring flowers.
Herb Robert - Lucy Flower
A member of the Geranium family, Herb Robert has long been used in traditional herbalism to treat nosebleeds and toothache. Rubbing it on ones body is almost, supposedly, meant to deter Mosquitoes.
Ivy - Lucy Flower
A common sight in gardens and woodlands across the country.
Lady's Smock is common throughout the British Isles, and best grows close to water; as such it is unsurprising that this photo was taken near the banks of the River Bulbourne. According to Folklore sacred to Faeries and bringing it indoors was thought to bring bad luck. For this reason, it is often omitted from May Day garlands.
Pyramid Orchid - Lucy Flower
The Pyramid Orchid favours chalky grassland making it a perfect fit for the Chiltern Valley.
Spotted Orchid - Lucy Flower
The Spotted Orchid is the most common type of Orchid found in the UK and can be seen in a vast array of different locations and biomes.
Trumpet Lichen - Lucy Flower
Trumpet Lichen is actually a combination of two beings; a fungus and an algae that have come together to form a symbiotic relationship.
Yellow Rattle - Lucy Flower
Encouraging the presence of Yellow Rattle has been shown to increase biodiversity as it restricts the growth of grasses, allowing other species to thrive.
Lime Tree (featuring Miseltoe) - Lucy Flower
Contrary to the name, Lime Trees do not (unfortunately!) bear limes. Also featured on this tree are sprigs of Mistletoe.
Juniper - Alice Vesty
Juniper Berries are famously the primary flavouring in Gin. Juniper grows almost exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic and Himalayas to the deserts of Nevada.
Oak - Lucy Flower
The mighty Oak is one of the countries most recognisable trees, and is even the designated National Tree of England.
Rose hips - Alice Vesty
Rose Hips are a secondary fruit of the Rose plant, and are often used in Herbal teas, as well as jams and marmalades.